Best of France Overview

From Paris to Normandy and the Loire Valley to Marseille, this tour of France covers the highlights of this grand dame of Europe.

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Discover the history and charm of France on this all-compassing tour

This tour of France is perfectly honed for lovers of all things French, who have dreamed of discovering the romance, history and culture of this intoxicating country. Travel from Paris to Normandy and the Loire Valley to Marseille, mingling with locals and sampling some of the best produce Europe has to offer. Take in ancient sights, cycle through lavender fields and, ultimately, fall completely in love with France.

  • Travel by train through rolling fields of lavender
  • Explore Le Puy-en-Velay’s ancient cliff top cathedral
  • Uncover historic and quirky Marseille
  • Meet friendly locals in village bistros
  • Visit the dramatic D-Day beaches in Normandy
  • Discover joie de vivre in flirty Paris
  • Get active on a Loire Valley cycling adventure
  • Be spellbound by ancient Mont St-Michel

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Paris, France
  • Finish:

    Marseille, France
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    3 breakfasts, 0 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (14 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bicycle, Bus, Train
  • Included activities:

    Chateaux Villandry & Gardens, Cycling tour, D-Day beaches, Palais des Papes, Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    182kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information. 2. 2013 Itinerary change: The updated price and full itinerary will be available later this year. The revised itinerary is: Day 1 Paris Days 2-3 Bayeux Day 4 Mont St-Michel Days 5-6 La Rochelle Days 7-8 Tours Days 9-10 Lyon Days 11-13 Avignon Days 14-15 Marseille

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Day 1 Paris

Rich in museums, art galleries, monuments, fashion and fabulous food, Paris offers a wealth of major sights and hidden treasures to discover.

Days 2-3 Bayeux

Oozing with French charm and historical significance, Bayeux is a beautifully preserved medieval town, located on the banks of the Aure River.

Day 4 Mont St-Michel

With a stunning abbey and significant role in history, Mont Saint-Michel is a tidal island rising out of the English Channel, only 1km from France's Normandy coast.

Days 5-6 La Rochelle

La Rochelle is known as the white city and has a superb Old Harbour lined with great restaurants and a beautiful Old Town showcasing a rich seafaring past.

Days 7-8 Tours

Aptly named 'Le Jardin de la France', Tours boasts verdant parks, peaceful river settings and a famed Old City with wonderfully preserved half-timbered buildings and picturesque open-air cafes.

Days 9-10 Lyon

As a World Heritage site, Lyon has a wealth of beautiful architecture, Roman ruins, delicious local food and fascinating passageways that run under the city.

Day 11 Le Puy en Velay

A place of pilgrimage for medieval kings and humble people on their journey to Santiago de Compostela, Le Puy-en-Velay's most striking sights are perched high above the town.

Days 12-13 Avignon

An elegant, walled city in Provence's most picturesque valley, Avignon is home to an impressive collection of art, a grand papal palace and the Pont St-Benezet.

Days 14-15 Marseille

Still one of Europe's most important ports, Marseille is a cultural melting pot rich in history, arts, museums, galleries and great food.
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